September Mimbres Messenger

As always, the September issue of the Mimbres Messenger is full of well-written articles, lots of information, and stories of local interest.  This month’s issue has a story about how de Kooning’s painting, “Woman-Ochre” was stolen from the University of Arizona and recovered thirty-two years later by Buck Burns, Rick Johnson, and David Van Auker who run the Manzanita Ridge store in Silver City.  It is a great story, involving theft of a major art work (valued at $400,000 when it was stolen - another painting in the same series sold for $137,500,000 in 2006), great sleuthing by several people in Silver City, and the unselfish efforts of the three gentlemen mentioned above.  If you doubt the human spirit, as I often do, this is a must read.


TWELTH ANNUAL MIMBRES VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL:  The Harvest Festival is the premier home-grown event in the Black Range and this year it will occur on September 30.  It returns to its usual venue at the San Lorenzo Elementary School.  The September issue of the Mimbres Messenger is full of information about this year’s event.  The activities include the Mimbres Health Fair (its 10th year at the Festival).  Last year more than 250 people received healthcare screenings at the Health Fair.  The Health Fair has all sorts of screenings and even free Flu shots provided by Walgreens (see page 5 of the Mimbres Messenger for more).  NMSU will hold a Bug/Weed/Plant Clinic at the Festival, there is the usual great food, pie contest, raffles, many craft vendors, harvested goods from the local farmers, a silent auction, two bands for musical entertainment, a horseshoe tournament, prize horses can be seen, and lots more.


© Robert Barnes 2018